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Shackelford Family Papers, 1786-1964 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

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Title: Shackelford Family Papers, 1786-1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Extent: 9.24 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 05/29/1978

Subjects: Central University (Richmond, Ky.), Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903., Democratic Party (Ky.), Kentucky--Social life and customs--20th century.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Shackelford Papers, through correspondence, diaries, photographs, newspaper clippings and other materials, document the public career and personal life of William Rodes Shackelford and his family. The correspondence series consists of letters Shackelford received from his classmates at Central University, Richmond, KY acquaintances, and business associates. Glimpses of Richmond educational, social and cultural life is found in the correspondence along with discussions on local, state and national political issues are covered, especially the watershed 1896 presidential election between William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley and the Spanish American War.

Shackelford kept a diary beginning when he was 18 and entering Central University and continuing until 1912 with a break from 1890 to 1907. The diary from his Central University time includes details about his student days. Also of interest are the ledgers of Dr. S.M. Letcher which indicate who he treated and what they were treated for. The Legal Documents series includes materials from a number of suits involving the Clay family and a case involving betting on an election.

Collection Historical Note

William Rodes Shackelford was born on October 26, 1869, in Richmond, the son of Mary Keen and James T. Shackelford. Shackelford was the eldest child from James T.'s second marriage. James's first wife, Mary Bates, bore two children--Daniel Bates Shackelford and James Shackelford, who died at age one. Shackelford had three brothers and four sisters--Clay Keen, John Hockaday, Sally Clay Keen, George Daniel, James Jr., Mary Keen, and an infant girl who died at birth.

Shackelford was educated at Central University in Richmond, Kentucky and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June 1887, at the age of seventeen. In June 1888, he had conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts. At Central University, he participated in numerous oratorical contests and was active in Alpha Tau Omega, a men's social fraternity. Too young to be admitted to the bar, he taught in a private school for one year while still pursuing his legal studies. He subsequently took a law lecture course at the University of Virginia and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in January 1891 in Richmond.

When Central University was absorbed by consolidation into Centre College of Danville in 1901, Shackelford led in the fight to retain for the benefit of the citizens of Richmond, the Central University campus grounds which were used for the Walters Institute, an educational institution for boys of which Shackelford was one of the founders. This retention of the ownership of the old campus and the ability of its Trustees to offer it as is gift to the state of Kentucky, was a major factor in the establishment of he Eastern State Normal School, now Eastern Kentucky University.

On January 29, 1907 Shackelford married his cousin, Anne Louise Clay, of Bourbon County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Cassius M. Clay, Jr. and Sue Elizabeth Clay and came from a line of pioneer settlers of Bourbon County. Shackelford and Anne had six children, only two of whom lived to adulthood--Anne Field and Mary Keen.

Early in life Shackelford developed a keen interest in politics. He was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. In November 1909, Shackelford was elected County Judge of Madison County on the Democratic ticket, and took office in January 1910. He was re-elected in 1913. In August 1915, he was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Circuit Judge in the 25th judicial district (composed of Madison, Clark, Powell, and Jessamine counties), He was elected in November of that year. Resigning the office of County judge, he went on the Circuit bench in January 1916. He was re-elected Circuit Judge in 1921, 1927, and in 1933, and had, at the time of his death, served only little more than two years of the last six year term for which had been elected.

In 1931, Judge Shackelford became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of Kentucky. However, when it became apparent that the nomination would be won by Ruby Laffoon of Madisonville, he seconded the nomination of his opponent.

Over the years, Shackelford participated in various fraternal, social, and religious organizations. He was a Master Mason in Richmond Lodge No. 25, & A.M. He was elected High Priest twice in Richmond Chapter No. 16, Royal Arch Masons, and elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons, in 1914. Also, he was made a Knight Templar and elected Eminent Commander in Richmond Commandery No. 16. Shackelford s the Exalted Ruler in Richmond Lodge No. 581, B.P.0.E. He also served as ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond from 1915 and was for many years clerk of the session.

Shackelford belonged to many clubs and organizations including the Kentucky Historical Society, Madison County Historical Society, Pendennis Club, Filson Club, Lexington Club, and the Oleika Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Lexington.

Shackelford enjoyed historical and genealogical research. He wrote two books during his lifetime, one on the history of the First Presbyterian Church of Richmond and the other a booklet on the descendants of Colonel George Shackelford.

William Rodes Shackelford died March 7, 1936 of bronchial pneumonia and is interred in the Richmond Cemetery.

Subject/Index Terms

Central University (Richmond, Ky.)
Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903.
Democratic Party (Ky.)
Kentucky--Social life and customs--20th century.

Administrative Information

Repository: Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Source: Blanton, Field (Mrs. Harvey)

Other Note: Photographs were initially numbered with the accession number; however, a decision was made to change to collection number. The database was changed, but the numbers written on the images were not changed.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1838-1964],
[Series 2: Diaries and Address Books, 1888-1930],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1891-1955],
[Series 4: Genealogy Research],
[Series 5: Legal Documents, 1786-1955],
[Series 6: Memorabilia],
[Series 7: News Clippings, 1896-1936],
[Series 8: Photographs, 1890-1934],
[Series 9: Publications, 1833-1945],
[Series 10: Speeches, 1886-1931],
[Series 11: Oversize Materials],

Series 5: Legal Documents, 1786-1955Add to your cart.
The Legal Document Series consists of one box of various documents arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each subject. The sub-series of court cases is located at the end of the series and is arranged chronologically. The oldest document of the collection is found in this series. It is a deed between P. D. Roberts and Michael Ryon on January 4, written on the stationary of Patrick Henry, then Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is contained in a wrapped packet.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057176
Folder 1: Abstracts of Title, 1877-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Appeals - Reversed and Affirmed, 1916-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Cassius M. Clay, Jr. Will, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Contracts, 1924-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Deeds, 1827-1878Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Deeds, 1880-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Estate of William Rodes Shackelford, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Grand Jury List, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Leases, 1909-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Minutes of Central University Alumni Association, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Mortgages, 1892-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Papers of Circuit Judge Race, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Petitions, Undated, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Resolutions, December 7, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Unidentified DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: J.T. West DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Wills, 1888Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Isaac West vs. R. B. McVey and James Clay, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 19: George B. Newton vs. Brutus J. Clay, Jr., October 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 20: George M. Willging vs. J. Stone Walker, June 8, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Nancy Gentry vs. C. J. Walker, October 20, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Brutus J. Clay, Jr. vs. George B. Newton, October 27, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Mary Hedges Clay vs. C. M. Clay, Ma 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Central University vs. Sallie A. Miller, October 6, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Sue Clay Goodman, et al vs. Cassius M. Clay, III, et al, 1913Add to your cart.
Sue Clay Goodman, Cyril Goodman, Anne Clay Shackelford, W. R. Shackelford vs. Cassius M. Clay, III and John Harris Clay
Folder 26: Bourbon County Court, June 1, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Commonwealth of KY vs. Broaddus (Betting on Election), Oct 12, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sue Clay Goodman vs. Cassius M. Clay, III, 01 July, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Richmond Lodge vs. William S. Broaddus, 1935Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1838-1964],
[Series 2: Diaries and Address Books, 1888-1930],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1891-1955],
[Series 4: Genealogy Research],
[Series 5: Legal Documents, 1786-1955],
[Series 6: Memorabilia],
[Series 7: News Clippings, 1896-1936],
[Series 8: Photographs, 1890-1934],
[Series 9: Publications, 1833-1945],
[Series 10: Speeches, 1886-1931],
[Series 11: Oversize Materials],

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